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I know we have Hibs in the League Cup on our mind today but would like to look ahead to Saturday.  The umbrella group, Fans Against Criminalisation, have organised a rally in GEORGE SQUARE before our home league game against Hibs.  I asked the group who they were, what their objectives are and why we should go along on Saturday, and was very impressed with their answers:

“Fans Against Criminalisation is a campaign group founded by five fan organisations (Green Brigade, Celtic Trust, Celtic Supporters Association, Affiliation of Celtic Supporters, Association of Irish Celtic Supporters Clubs). The campaign was formed on the back of the Green Brigade’s well-received protest at the Inverness game and after many previous discussions between the organisations about the Bill. We decided to come together to campaign against the Bill.

“Our objective is to ‘Kill the Bill’, the first part which deals with ‘offensive behaviour at football’ anyway. We have no problem with the government trying to tackle societal problems like sectarianism but these are not football’s problems alone and where sectarian crimes are committed then existing laws can be used to arrest and prosecute offenders. The new law goes far beyond sectarianism and captures anything that may offend or may cause disorder. This is only applied to football fans and it is ludicrous given that there is little or no disorder in Scottish football grounds and that routine aspects of football rivalry and tribalism will now be criminal offences. Government ministers have said fans who do anything from blessing yourself to singing a national anthem could fall foul of the proposes new law.

“The Government has shown little interest in fans’ views on the Bill. F.A.C. will be campaigning vigorously over the coming weeks and months and will be making our views heard. If the Bill passes then we will continue to protest against it, and challenge it legally and politically. The Celtic support is a very powerful potential constituency and the Scottish Government should be mindful of that.

“The rally is the starting point for the campaign. We need Celtic fans to get along and show their support for the campaign and add weight to our voice. We’ve asked people to assemble at 12.00 and the demo will start at 12.30 with speakers from the campaign. There’s no headline acts – Saturday is simply a time for ordinary Celtic fans to come together and unite against the Bill; a time to come together and send a message to the politicians that we will fight them all the way. Everyone should be doing their best to get along to George Square on Saturday and say no to the Bill.”

If at all possible, get along on Saturday and register your support.

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  1. I was driving along London Road this morning and noticed that there is a contractor doing some re-surfacing work to sections of the car park. Two issues here:

     

     

    1. The gazebo isn’t there. Knowing these thoughtless contractors they’ve probably skipped it.

     

    2. Are Celtic paying for these works? If so then surely big Georgios and Bango could be given a couple of shovels and high-vis jackets and instructed to help out.

  2. Snake Plissken says:

     

    26 October, 2011 at 12:12

     

     

    £4m for an injury prone player with 6 months left on his contract?

     

     

    Take it!

     

     

    LB

  3. Bloody hell. Work has just phoned reneging on a promise of a full time contract. Mighty pee’d off. Sorry, just venting spleen.

     

    C’mon Paul, Phil RTC etc. I need some good news to cheer me up.

  4. There is no way somebody would be stupid enough to pay £4m for Scott Brown

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    When he is on a Bosman 6 months later!

  5. Snake Plissken says:

     

     

    26 October, 2011 at 12:12

     

     

    We’d be lucky to get half of that, time to move on, get rid in January for as much as we can get. How can we plead poverty as a club then offer an average player such high wages, we could sign a good keeper or centre half using the savings from his wages

  6. The Legend Johnny Doyle – Sir Hew Fleetwood Hamilton-Dalrymple….mmmm…. Sounds like a Current to me. ;)

     

     

    What about his cousin, Sir Mick Fleetwood Mack? (thumbsup)

     

     

     

    playfusbal4dguilders – We do have Glenboig sitting doing nothing.

     

     

    I thought Glenboig was an open air set for the Mad Max reboot? (thumbsup)

     

     

     

    craig blanc @ 10:54 – Bongdillionaire? Bongthousandaire more like. (thumbsup)

  7. bournesouprecipe says:

     

     

    26 October, 2011 at 11:33

     

     

    Beyonce

     

    —————–

     

     

    Camila Valliejo

  8. LiviBhoy

     

     

    I’m with you – Brown has always had me in a dilemma, do I want him to stay or not. He’s a trier, and is very vocal on the park, but next to no natural ability and doesn’t bring much more to the table when he does play. If anyone wants to spend that kind of money on a player with his injury record, then let them be.

     

     

    HH

     

    Giggs

  9. Seems a bunch of guys with too much time on their hand. There are much bigger causes to fight than this pash.

     

     

    My take on it is if one behaves like an adult then there is little to fear. The nupptie boys in mens bodies who for example – take time to produce a huns banner (why????) might well find some trouble. Or the idiot firing the vick sign or misusing blessing (as act of annoyance rather than peace) they probably need educated – along with idiots who, on recieving end get heated up I may add.

     

     

    Scotland really does continue to amaze me with its small town mentality and lack of big picture seeing. We are in midst of terrible economic crisis and protesting about this tosh. :-/

  10. It looks like some drug-addled loafers have put up a handful of pup tents in George Square.

     

     

    Let’s hope they are moved along pronto. Once you allow hippies to set up a drum circle, it attracts other hippes and the drum circle grows exponentially until the smell and the noise forces real people to abandon the city. (thumbsup)

  11. The Legend Johnny Doyle on

    Philvis

     

     

    Do you think they might be related to Hew, Hew, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble & Grub….? :)

     

     

    Thumbsup

     

     

    JD

  12. For the horsey types, had a wee tip set today:

     

     

    3:50 Muss – Bogside Theatre E/W @ 9/1

     

     

    4:55 Muss – Sleepy Blue Queen E/W @ 8/1 (1pt)

     

     

    Bet responsibly

  13. LiviBhoy (12:11), sorry, I should have also suggested that we buy some of the most significant contributors to Rangers’ recent title successes, available probably for a bargain price of around £4M for the job lot… Calum Murray, William Collum, Ian Brines and Craig Thomson.

  14. My line-up for tonight (4-3-1-2):

     

     

    Zaluska – better than Forster.

     

    Mathews – our best RB.

     

    Rogne/Dan – our most effective long-term defensive pair, opposition get 1.31 attempts on target per game, 0.23 goals per game.

     

    Ledley – too good to be left out

     

    Kayal – not doing it lately, but shines against Hibs.

     

    Wanyama – best DM this season.

     

    Ki – most important outfield player for this game.

     

    McCourt – we need creativity. Commons currently rubbish and injured, Forrest looks spent. Play Paddy in the hole.

     

    Stokes – this seaosn’s best striker.

     

    Samaras – remains one of our best players. Would thrive with a clever player like Paddy behind him. Start him, let the away support buck up his confidence. He scores – we have a striker back on form.

  15. It is with great regret that I have to bid farewell to CQN. I do this with a heavy heart, but the wife says I have been a right p*ick recently.

     

     

    She cited the following.

     

     

    1…Sitting on my fat arse all day tippy typing.

     

     

    2…Keeping her awake all night by typing with one finger she likened this to Chinese torture..tap..tap..tap.

     

     

    3…Getting to bed at or around 3am pissed as poodle through engaging in scintillating conversational type stuff through the medium of tippy typing with one finger.

     

     

    4. Excessive snoring through getting to bed at or around 3 am pissed as a poodle and keeping her awake all night ! and then sleep talking about various folks from CQN, she now believes I am having an illicit affair with people such as BIG BOB…PALY PETER…AULD BUNNET and various others. In my defence I have never had an illicit affair with NEIL LENNON but I did have a nice dream about him wearing speedos.

     

     

    Love ya long time XXXXXXXX

  16. stephenpollock says:

     

    26 October, 2011 at 12:26

     

    Seems a bunch of guys with too much time on their hand. There are much bigger causes to fight than this pash.

     

     

    My take on it is if one behaves like an adult then there is little to fear. The nupptie boys in mens bodies who for example – take time to produce a huns banner (why????) might well find some trouble. Or the idiot firing the vick sign or misusing blessing (as act of annoyance rather than peace) they probably need educated – along with idiots who, on recieving end get heated up I may add.

     

     

    Scotland really does continue to amaze me with its small town mentality and lack of big picture seeing. We are in midst of terrible economic crisis and protesting about this tosh. :-/

     

     

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    I imagine the protesters on Saturday will have be well represented at the rallies on 30th November and were probably at the TUC rally earlier in the year. People who protest generally have enough brain capacity to be able to see that there are various causes worth fighting for. Taking to the streets is one of the last legal methods people have available to them. It highlights problems. The real action should follow – in the courts most likely in this case.

     

     

    So I hope you express your concern at our economic ‘crisis’/ bank bailout inspired deficit by getting involved in the mass action planned for the 30th November this year and then the follow up actions to be taken afterwards.

     

     

    As for your take on ‘adult behaviour’ – fair enough there are some really stupid things done by people at the fitba but if you can’t see that this is yet another attack on the spaces where working people can assemble and express common beliefs or values then you need to open your eyes.

     

     

    This is a worthwhile cause in my opinion. We are in a period of worldwide protest against attacks on workers and working people. The law is already stacked against us (you try organising a strike for example and you’ll find out all about anti-worker laws) – we are all being funnelled in to the main stream. I admire anyone who attempts to fight that.

  17. The Honest Mistake (Sickened) on

    TET:

     

    You can’t fool me, your wife typed that.

     

    You should support your husband’s hobbys!!!

  18. Celtic players out of contract in June

     

     

    Zaluszka

     

    Forster

     

    M.Wilson?

     

    Majstorovic

     

    Loovens

     

    Niall McGinn?

     

    Brown

     

     

    Now that leaves without any keeper which is poor.

     

    If M.Wilson is out of contract (not sure of this) it might explain why he never features and he will be sold in January if they can do it.

     

    Majstorovic and Loovens should not be offered another deal – one is too old and the other is consistently a bombscare. We might get a million for Loovens if we a re very lucky.

     

    Brown is prime candidate to meet the CEO’s break even every transfer window’s policy so he will go and 4M will not be reinvested if previous experience is anything to go by.

     

     

    We are still stuck with Rasmussen and Hooiveld and now Bangura as well unless he comes good.

     

     

    So starting next season we’ll be stuck with

     

     

    Samaras

     

    Rasmussen

     

    Bangura

     

    Hooivled

     

     

    who the manager doesn’t appear to want.

     

     

     

    It is still a big bloody mess.

  19. The Honest Mistake (Sickened) on

    Snake Plissken 26 October, 2011 at 12:43:

     

    How do you work out that Lenny doesn’t want Bangura or Sammi?

  20. Snake,

     

     

    Hooiveld isn’t doing too badly down Southampton way. If he can stay fit (which is a big if) he could get moved on with minimal fuss.

  21. stephenpollock

     

     

    If you’re one of those who believes Celtic don’t need to create from the back, and that our defnders need to kick it out and let the midfielders do the rest, Rogne/Dan are the CBs for you.

     

     

    Philboy

     

     

    His agent tweeted yesterday that he was approaching full fitness. Besides, how long does it take for ‘bruised ribs’ (19 days ago) to heal?

  22. Zaluszka

     

    Forster

     

    M.Wilson?

     

    Majstorovic

     

    Loovens

     

    Niall McGinn?

     

    Brown

     

     

    None should be offered a new deal

  23. The Honest Mistake

     

     

    I think the he could get me the sack comment is good enough for Samaras and Phil MacGiollaBhain said lenny didn’t want him. I think I’ll take my lead from him. I’m sticking with this until I see otherwise for Bangura who looks a dud anyway.

     

     

    I would say the samaras comment tells its own story and if he didn’t mean it, more fool him.

  24. Philboy

     

     

    Actually, you may be right, if we can believe BBC.

     

     

    Just noticed Hooper’s not injured either. That makes it easier:

     

     

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Zaluska :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

     

     

    Matthews ::::::::: Rogne ::::::::::: Majstorovic :::::::: Ledley

     

     

    :::::::::::: Kayal :::::::: Wanyama :::::::::::: Ki ::::::::::::::

     

     

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: McCourt :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

     

     

    ::::::::::::::::: Stokes ::::::::::::::: Hooper ::::::::::::::::::::

  25. Nollaig a chara on

    Philbhoy – It’s just the beginning! says:

     

    26 October, 2011 at 12:44

     

     

    I think your right Bhrother he is injuried

  26. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on

    How boring would it be if we had a settled side who won easily every week, was doing really well in Europe, with a young fresh management team who the fans trusted implicitly, whose signings all proved to be hugely successful and not overly expensive.

     

     

    How boring would that be?

     

     

    If the h**s weren’t going down the stank, we’d be having a poppy debate, or something else just as err, not very interesting.

     

     

    C’MON THE CELTS!!!!

  27. Philbhoy – It’s just the beginning! – If the h**s weren’t going down the stank, we’d be having a poppy debate, or something else just as err, not very interesting.

     

     

    Let the poppies sing. (thumbsup)